Archive for August, 2009

Give Me Five Monday

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Give Me Five memorable things you have done before.

  • I was blessed to be with my daughter during her labor and delivery of granddaughter Claire this past Saturday.
  • I did lots of hiking along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon in the day.
  • I saved my daughter Rebecca’s life when she was little, using the Heimlich maneuver.
  • When in high school, our band was selected to march at Disneyland.
  • When I was in high school, I was on an overnight hike at Yosemite National Park. We strung up our pack of food, but bears got it anyway. The bear knew how to open the canned milk with its claws!

    Hostess Becca says this about the meme:

    The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
    Sign up for weekly reminder emails @ beccagirl@charter.net

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Hosted by Peggy

For Today…August 17, 2009

Outside my Window…Today was one of those gorgeous, late summer days that are warm, but not uncomfortably so. Now, at 10pm, there’s an autumn chill and dampness to the air. I noticed wispy swirls of clouds when we took the old doggy for a walk this evening.

I am thinking…that this has been an eventful summer.

From the learning rooms…I’m continuing to learn more about health and nutrition.

I am thankful for…the safe birth of our granddaughter Claire Renee, born to daughter Sarah and her husband Justin just this past Saturday.

From the kitchen…I went all-out this evening and prepared a time-consuming but scrumptious entrée: Three Cheese Teaser.

I am wearing…an olive-green denim skirt and cream colored peasant blouse.

I am reading…Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon, www.newtrendspublishing.com. This fascinating book examines the original diets of populations which had/have good dental and overall health. It makes sense to me that we should glean wisdom from previous generations. I’ve noticed that the author uses current large-scale scientific studies to substantiate her points thus far.

I am hoping…to go visit my husband’s dad and mom in Inverness, CA this week. Look this locale up on Google Earth, and check out some of the sights, such as Drake’s Bay and the Pt. Reyes lighthouse. Folks have posted some great photos and videos of this beautiful area.

I am creating…this blog post.

I am hearing…one of the Google Earth videos of the wind blowing in Pt.Reyes. I was once told that this is the windiest place on the west coast of the U.S.

Around the house…My husband and youngest son did some major brush clean-up around the yard today. The bonfire embers are still glowing.

One of my favorite things…is having the time and energy to serve my family a special meal.


A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…We plan to leave on a jet plane on Wednesday. When we return, it will just be in time for the first day of school.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

Sarah and Claire

Our daughter Laura snapped this picture of her sister Sarah and Sarah’s brand new baby daughter, Claire.

happy family

Laura also took this picture of Sarah and her husband Justin with little Claire.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Three Cheese Teaser

Monday, August 17th, 2009

THREE CHEESE TEASER (Recipe of Lynn Hersman, from The Lynden Tribune’s My Favorite Recipe Cookbook, 1988.)

Sauce Ingredients:

½ Tablespoon butter

½ cup finely chopped onions

1 clove minced garlic

14 ounces stewed tomatoes, undrained

3 ounces tomato paste

2 Tablespoons chopped parsley

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

½ teaspoon dried basil leaves

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Sauté onions and garlic in butter in a large sauce pan. Add remaining ingredients and ¾ cup water. Crush tomatoes with a fork. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Keep covered and stir occasionally.

Pasta Ingredients:

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup water

½ cup plus 3 Tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour

dash of salt

Beat all ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer just until smooth. Let mixture rest at least 30 minutes. Slowly heat an 8″ non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 3 Tablespoons batter and quickly rotate the pan to evenly coat the bottom. Keep heating just until the top appears dry, but not brown. Gently lift out of pan and cool on a wire rack. Repeat the process with the remaining batter. Now, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Filling Ingredients:

¾ pound low-fat cottage cheese

1 heaping cup low-fat mozzarella in small cubes

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg

2 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley

Combine all ingredients. Mix to blend well. Spread a large ¼ cup of filling down the center of each pasta piece, and roll up.

Final assembly:

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 large mushrooms, sliced

Divide sauce into two equal portions. Pour ¾ cup of sauce into a 12″x8″x2″ baking dish. Arrange 8 rolled pasta pieces seam side down in the dish. Place remaining rolls on top of bottom layer (4 to 5 on top layer). Use remaining sauce to cover the rolls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, arrange mushrooms attractively on top. Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serves 8-10.


This is what I made for a special dinner tonight. It was, admittedly, time-consuming to prepare, but SO delicious! I served this entrée with Chop Salad, which is a simple fresh salad of cubed cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions, seasoned with salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar. The only thing that could have made this dinner better would have been hot, crusty French bread.

Give Me Five Monday

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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The question this week for Give Me Five Monday is:

Give Me Five random things you’ve never done before.

  • I’ve never traveled by railroad, though I would like to do so.
  • I’ve never smoked a cigarette. I think all the smoke bothered me when I was growing up, so I just never wanted to try it.
  • I have never traveled to the East Coast of the U.S. or to the South.
  • I have never lived where there are hurricanes or tornadoes.
  • I haven’t been to a spa (yet)!


Hostess Becca says this about the meme:

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
Sign up for weekly reminder emails @ beccagirl@charter.net

Seven Amazing Things meme

Friday, August 7th, 2009

I have been tagged!

My friend Linda, whose blog is Remote Treechanger, tagged me to post 7 things about myself that I think are amazing. Those of you who know me well may not be AMAZED, but I will try:

  • As my late 20s approached, I thought I would NEVER get married, though I desired to do so. I was a member of a very small Presbyterian church. My husband-to-be also wanted a wife and family, and was also a member of a small Presbyterian church two states north of me.
  • We were introduced by mutual friends. His college roommate had married one of my favorite working-girl roommates. They kept after us for about a year before we agreed to meet.
  • I travelled north with a girlfriend, stayed with Rick’s pastor and family, and so we met. After that visit, we continued to get to know one another mainly by writing letters, and talking on the phone. Remember, this was prior to the ease of email and chatting online.
  • Though we had no one to supervise us, we really wanted to honor the Lord in our relationship, so we were very strict with ourselves during the times when we did see one another: no holding hands and no kissing. When I met Rick’s folks just prior to the wedding, they wondered if we really even LIKED one another, since we were both so reserved.
  • Rick and I both believe that children are a gift from the Lord, and were so thankful to receive six daughters and three sons into our home. Maybe it’s not amazing that I’ve never used birth control of any sort.
  • Seven of our children were born naturally, our twin daughters were born by C-section. Six of the natural births occurred after the C-section.
  • I love and enjoy our children so much! I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be a wife and mother. I’m thankful the children all have come to their own faith in God, work hard, and enjoy one another!


That’s all, folks!

Now, I am tagging seven friends:

Please, if you’re reading this and want to do the same sort of post at your blog or on Facebook, do join in!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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Hosted by Peggy

For Today…August 3, 2009

Outside my Window…it is dark (due to the late hour), damp and cool. We’re back to our temperate, Pacific Northwest weather. We’ve had a decent dose of summer. I don’t mind the usual at all!

I am thinking…our young people should be getting home soon from their evening out. One of our grown sons treated his younger brother and sisters to dinner and a movie tonight. What a nice guy!

From the learning rooms…I’ve almost finished reading Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones. I think I will be a much better paraeducator this coming school year if I can remember and apply some of this helpful information!

I am thankful for…God’s holy law, which describes what is right and what is wrong. If we want to know what is pleasing to Him, it is possible to find out. God didn’t create us, and then leave us without an instruction manual for life. What a relief!


From the kitchen…I finally got some bread baked this evening. I’m looking forward to fresh buttered toast with my coffee in the morning.


I am wearing…my denim skirt and chocolate brown tee shirt.

I am reading… Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotsen.

I am hoping…three of our older children have a good visit with friends in southern California later this month.

I am creating…or rather, I am nurturing a calm spirit within. I find it all-too-easy to fret when I see wrong beliefs leading to wrong actions. In any event, the Lord says we should not fret because of evil doers.

I am hearing…a computer humming loudly. My husband is repairing an old computer, which is sitting on the table just to my left.

Around the house…much of the lawn is crispy brown. The weather has been so hot and dry. We haven’t been watering the apple trees this year. I wonder if the apples will be especially small?


One of my favorite things…is getting work done at home. The laundry is all caught up, the kitchen is clean, and my husband and I even took the time to watch ‘Morning Light’, a movie about the Transpacific Yacht Race’s youngest team ever to compete.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…tomorrow I do more work on behalf of my elderly mom. She is refusing to walk now, and sometimes refusing to feed herself, so I’m required to find a skilled nursing facility for her next home. It’s weird that, though she is well, and just as strong as she was a couple weeks ago, she has decided that she no longer ‘can’ walk. She refuses to lean forward to put the weight on her walker, so, of course, it’s of no use. Very puzzling.


Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

baltimore barnes and noble

Daughter Rebecca snapped this photo of a huge Barnes and Noble bookstore in Baltimore, MD while she was participating in a Presidential Classroom session this past week. We do enjoy our local B&N, though it’s far from this size!

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Give Me Five Monday is Back!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

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The Give Me 5 meme is back! The question for today is:

Give Me Five words that describe your blog!

  • Occasional
  • Family
  • Positive
  • Photos
  • Christian

Hostess Becca says this about the meme:

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
Sign up for weekly reminder emails @ beccagirl@charter.net

Portage Island Playtime

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

On Thursday, Rick took two of the children, plus two of their friends, out in the little Pelican sailboat. They set sail from the Fairhaven launch in Bellingham, WA, heading for Portage Island. They enjoyed a good stiff breeze of about ten miles per hour. Here are a few photos of their outing:

leaving Fairhaven launch

Here are the children, just setting off. Rick jumped in after snapping the picture.

looking back to chuckanut

Looking back to mainland, the Chuckanut area.

pelican on portage island

On the beach at Portage Island

mystery bird

Can anyone identify this bird?

portage island bull

An unwelcome sight while exploring the beach: Mr. Angry Bull.